Sunday, January 29, 2012

Fresh Blog Sunday

This week I only have 4 blogs to mention but they are all great sites! As always they are in NO particular order.

  1. Burnsland: Which is celebrating it's 10 year bloggerversary! (I hope I make it half that far.) It has Disney pics, a blog, and great information.
  2. Samland: A site about Disney history and themepark design. And really great pics.
  3. Fortuosity Fashions: A brand new site about Disney and fashion. Needless to say I'm a fan!
  4. Lights... Camera... MAYHEM!: A site that focuses on the Citizens of Hollywood.

Well guys and dolls it's a short list this week. If you know a FABULOUS blog or site, Disney or no, let me hear all about it! Drop me a line 

Saturday, January 28, 2012

Silly Saturday

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Friday, January 27, 2012

Fashion Friday: Miss Piggy's Project Runway Dresses

You guys and dolls remember that FABULOUS episode of Project Runway Allstars when Miss Piggy was a guest judge don't you? Well if you don't you better find it online!!! It was wonderful. But I am not here to talk about the show. I want to talk DRESSES!!! I got to see these creations in person which is so cool. Some are a fabulous as you could imagine. But truth is others look REALLY cheap and poorly made. I mean I saw seams hanging out and lose threads. I know it's just for the runway but it looked so bad... In any case it was cool to see (and touch) the dresses. Did you see the episode? What did you think?

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Wordless Wednesday

Monday, January 23, 2012

First Timer #Disney Tips

Hey guys and dolls! Long time no blog and frankly I MISSED YOU!!! Now back to business...

So I decided to jump on the bandwagon so to speak and list a few of my favorite vacation planning tips. I would love to say that this will be a top 10 in order but really I am just listing as many tips as I can in no particular order...

  1. Ask questions! Ask lots of questions to as many Disney fans as you know and ask different people the same question. "What is the best Disney resort?" is a question that can receive a lot of  different answers and what you want to get is a consensus. Also ask specific questions: "What resort is best for a family of four with a budget?" 
  2. Ask the "experts". I put experts in quotes because there are a LOT of Disney fans and fanatics out there who love Disney and know a lot but may only have expertise in a few areas. If you find one site that seems to be all about Disney food you may not want to ask them about rides. But you should DEFINITELY ask the food site about Disney burgers.
  3. Send for a trip planning DVD. I don't know if this will really help with details of trip planning but the overview will give you a place to start and help get you amped up for your trip.
  4. Go HERE and make a custom map. The planning section of the Disney World website has a place where you can make your own custom map. Once you make a map you can print it out or get it specially made and sent to you. These are 100% FREE! I love them. I still love to make them. You can pick and choose what attractions you want and what parks you want to go to. So much fun.
  5. Make a MUST do, WANT to do, and MAYBE do list. You cannot, and I repeat CANNOT do it all at Disney World. It is impossible. I have tried. So do vacation triage and decide what attractions, restaurants, shows, etc you MUST do while on vacation. And keep the must list as small as you can. For example my MUST list usually includes a trip to Epcot and a ride on Spaceship Earth. If you keep your must list small it is easy to do and you'll feel like you've gotten the most out of your vacation.
  6. Read! Read blogs and guide books and vacation planning sites. Read it all. This is your first trip so you know nothing. The more you read the more you will know what's up.
  7. Go to the events page at Disney does a LOT of events during the year. And these events are usually park specific. Epcot has the food and wine festival as an example. During these events the parks they are being held at can be CROWDED. This can severely hinder your ability to ride the rides you wanted or see the shows you wanted to see. If you know when these events are happening and if they're during your vacation you can then decide if you would like to participate or avoid them. Instead of being caught off guard with wall to wall people.
  8. Check the weather! Florida weather is funky to say the least ("Funky" is Dragyn speak for "all over the place"). There are certain times of year when it rains monsoon style. Other times of years when it's so hot you could fry an egg on pavement. And if you travel during the winter it can be COLD! Not "Florida cold" But actually quite chilly. I have had to pack a jacket for a Disney vacation more than once. Check the weather and pack accordingly.
  9. Invest the most time in the planning stage of your vacation. I think this is really key. As much as I like to play it by ear and just go with the flow that can sometime get you in trouble. If you invest a lot of time before your trip planning and scheduling when you are actually on vacation you can just do what you planned. You don't have to think or figure out what you want to do. That's what the planning stage is for. If you wait until you are at Disney to plan it's too late. You'll be stressed out trying to take in all that information and still do interesting things. So plan ahead so you can relax.
I think that's it for my best tips. What do you think? Anything you'd like to add?

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Wordless Wednesday

Monday, January 16, 2012

Hidden Mickey App Review by @DibaDisney

I’m very new to the Disney fan community, but I’ve always heard of
these things called Hidden Mickeys—images of Mickey Mouse hidden by
Imagineers in the Disney resorts. These things are everywhere! You can
usually find at least one Hidden Mickey in every attraction, on most
building facades. You can also find the Hidden Mickeys field guide in
many Walt Disney World gift shops: this yellow book is everywhere! I
have never owned the book, but as soon as I saw that the author had
released an iPhone app, I had to buy it.

When you first start the app, you create a username to save your
Hidden Mickey progress. You can easily create new profiles and switch
between them, so multiple players can keep track of the Hidden Mickeys
they’ve found. Once you’ve done this, you can start the search! The
app contains a list of the Hidden Mickeys sorted by park/resort and
then by area within that location. If you have Location Services
activated for the app, you can see which locations are near your
position. Once you have chosen a place to search, you are given a list
of the descriptions of all the Hidden Mickeys found there. When you
find a Hidden Mickey, simply press the “I FOUND IT!” button. If you’re
stuck, you can get a hint. Each Hidden Mickey is worth a certain
amount of points depending on how hard it is to spot. The app lets you
track your points and completion progress. If you’re using the Game
Center, you can compare your score to others’ around the world!

The developers of the app have obviously made the Hidden Mickeys
search accessible to families with small children. They only list the
most visible and recognizable Hidden Mickeys. I really appreciate
this. Sometimes people point out Hidden Mickeys, and I am not fully
convinced that these are intentional and “real”… The downside to this
is that for some attractions the app only displays one or two Hidden
Mickeys, even though there are a dozen “unofficial” Hidden Mickeys for
that ride. Nevertheless, spotting these more obscure Hidden Mickeys
would be an interesting task. I would happily make a small in-app
purchase that gave me access to a list of these harder-to-spot or
ambiguous sightings.


The apparent downside of this app is the price. Most apps I download
are either free or $0.99. At $7.99, the cost of the Hidden Mickeys app
seems too high. I was reluctant to buy it for this reason, but if I
were to buy the physical book at Walt Disney World, it would be much
more. Since the app contains all of the information found in the book,
it’s actually a pretty good deal!

The only big issue I have with this app is the lack of updates. Areas
of the park that are now closed, like Pooh’s Playful Spot and Mickey’s
Toontown Fair, are still visible in the app. It is impossible to spot
the Hidden Mickeys in these locations because they have been torn down
or closed to park guests. With this setup, I will never be able to
complete my Hidden Mickey collection. A “retired” section for these
long-gone Hidden Mickey spots would be a better choice.

Because the parks are always changing, new Hidden Mickeys are often
spotted. These new additions are documented on the Hidden Mickey site.
I’m not sure how often this app will be updated to keep up with the
new sightings. Since I bought the app, several new Hidden Mickeys have
been added to the site… but not to the app.

Overall, the official Hidden Mickeys app is a wonderful tool for
tracking down those little mouse heads. It is very easy to use and
presents a fun challenge to guests of all ages. While the app is a
little pricy, I would absolutely recommend it to anyone who wants to
see the resort in a new way. Have fun with your Hidden Mickey hunting!

Editors Note: Mark totally told me where these pics are from but I'll never tell! ;-)

Wednesday, January 11, 2012


Tuesday, January 10, 2012

We wants the red head!

Monday, January 9, 2012

Disney Mug Monday

Hey guys and dolls. You know what one of my favorite things is? To curl up with a mug of my favorite coffee, tea, cocoa, etc. These things taste even better in a Disney mug. Don't believe me? Try it for yourselves and see if your drinks don't taste better when Mickey is staring back at you.

With that in mind I decided to share my 5 favorite mugs with you. I've collected them over the years and they are my go to when it comes to hot beverages... Or soup, or cereal. Did I mention these mugs are HUGE? I use them all the time and keeping them clean is a bit of a chore. ;-)

I hate to pick favorites but I have them. I won't tell you which but they may not be the ones you expect. Although if you follow me on twitter you've probably seen pics of these before. So without further ado (and as I seem to have completely run out of words!) Enjoy the pics!

All 5 mugs. One is shy!

Technically this one belongs to my mom...

My newest mug.

All of this is true!

Love Goofy! They don't make these anymore.

Jack in black...

Need a refill?

Bought the same time as Jack. BOGO!

The End!

Sunday, January 8, 2012

Fresh Blog Sunday

If you noticed this week was entirely guest posts! (This little Dragyn needed a break. ;-) So Let me link you again to my guests and their sites or Twitter accounts!

Monday The Disney Film Project entered the Lair and you can find them at

Tuesday Victoria talked Tokyo dining and you can find her on Twitter: @LomographyLilly

Wednesday Heather gave us a wonderful pic and you can find her on Twitter: @heatherw25

Friday Carrie introduced us to Ariel inspired fashion and you can find her at DAPs Magic.

Saturday Kelly gave us a wonderful drawing of Pooh and you can find her at

Other sites you should check out: Jennifer is just starting out but her perspective on Disney is fresh and different. Another new comer to the blogging scene but you can tell she knows her Disney. Not just about Disney but always about family this mom talks about raising 3 generations of kids. Stelle and Chelle are two close friends who like to share their opinions and passion for Disney.

Make sure and check them out. Tell them DragynAlly sent you. And if you or someone you know has a great site (Disney or not) tell me about it!

And if you ever want to write for the Lair you let me know!

Saturday, January 7, 2012

Silly Saturday by: @Paintpaletteart

Check out Kelly's other great art at And maybe I can convince her to make another appearance in the Lair soon! ;-)

I want him on a t-shirt!

Friday, January 6, 2012

Fashion Friday at The Siren's Grotto by @carriem007

Editor's Note: Due to blogger hating me most of the pics are after the post.

As a loyal reader, I love Fashion Friday at The Dragyn’s Lair and so am delighted to have the opportunity to contribute some of my own thoughts on how to incorporate that Disney touch of magic into the things we wear on an everyday basis. Without a doubt, what we wear has as much effect on our mood as the weather outside – if you’re wearing something special, how can you help but beam?!

As far as I’m concerned, beautiful things will help to beautify your mood every time, and my favourite place to shop for these twinkles is at The Siren’s Grotto on Etsy. This treasure trove is owned by a true siren of the sea, Traci Hines, who makes every single adornment in her Grotto by hand. This means that none of the accessories here are the same as any other – your favourite accoutrement will be as unique as you are! 


Traci’s treasures include something for absolutely everyone, from a sparkle-loving gal who wants something subtle to brighten up her outfit, to a dedicated cosplayer who needs the perfect wig or costume accessory. Read on for a taste of the pretty pearls to be discovered in the Grotto…
Pick up a set of Siren Eyelashes, for a flashing flutter that will stop traffic!
Iridescent starfish hair adornments of all shapes, sizes and colours – there is a veritable rainbow of gorgeousness to choose from! 

Pixie-perfect blossoms and blooms are inspired by fairies and princesses alike:  
Starfish headbands are perfect for the Hipster Mermaid. (Or for just dealing with a crazy hair day!)   

Sparkle-spangled hair accessories, from bejewelled bows to dazzling Dinglehoppers:       
Shimmering sea star jewellery includes rings and necklaces in a myriad of colours.
Custom mermaid sea-shells are made to order to every sea siren’s taste!  
A selection of wigs, your crowning glory, come in a wide array of princess styles.                
And for the season that’s in it, you can even pick up a custom Siren’s Grotto holiday ornament, guaranteed to compliment any tree! 

This is but a tiny selection of the wonders on offer at The Siren’s Grotto. As well as keeping the Grotto stocked with ready-to-ship goodies, Traci also takes custom orders and will work with you to create the perfect accessory to compliment your style, taste and your own unique ‘muchness’. It’s true that you’re never fully dressed without a smile, and one glimpse at the glistening glitter distinctive of a Grotto creation will bring out the Chesire Cat grin in you! I can certainly vouch for that! 

The Siren’s Grotto ships items internationally. For queries, contact Traci through any one of these websites:

Visit The Siren’s Grotto:
Visit Traci on Twitter:
Visit Traci on Facebook:
And to come visit me on Twitter (please pop by and say hi!):@carriem007
Karen also writes for DAPs Magic.

(All product photographs are copyright of The Siren’s Grotto)